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Sharks Defy Magnetic Attraction

(From abc.net.au)- World-first research in Cairns has found magnets are very effective in repelling sharks. Six shark species were tested and all were found to avoid areas where magnets were present. James Cook University honours student, Damian Rigg, is working on the project and he says they”ll now trial using magnets with fishing equipment to reduce by-catch. “Gill net fisheries are growing worldwide and if you can find a way of attaching these to gill nets that would be brilliant,” he says.

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